Manchester State Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (September 8, 2021)

What is open now?

  • Parking lots.
  • Day use areas.
  • Trails. 
  • Special events as directed by the guidelines in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Phone Number

(707) 882-2463

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: Up to 22 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: Up to 30 Feet

Park Hours

Call the park

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed in campground. Dogs not allowed on beach or on trails.

Driving Directions to Manchester SP

The park surrounds the town of Manchester; the beach entrance is ½ mile north of town on Highway One.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Camping
The Manchester SP first-come, first-serve campground and group camp are closed for the season September 14th, 2021 through April 26th, 2022. The environmental sites have been permanently closed to camping.

Manchester State Park features a beach, sand dunes, and flat grasslands, with nearly 18,000 feet of ocean frontage. The beach line curves gently to form a "catch basin" for sea debris, which accounts for the volume of driftwood found here. Five miles of gentle, sandy beach stretches southward towards the Point Arena Lighthouse.

One of the main attractions is the excellent steelhead fishing in the park’s two streams, Brush Creek and Alder Creek.  Please check with the Department of Fish and Game for seasonal closures and restrictions at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

The park features a variety of coastal wildflowers, including sea pinks, poppies, lupines, baby blue eyes and blue irises. The park provides habitat for tundra swans. The San Andreas Fault runs into the sea at the park.

The park takes its name from the village of Manchester, which is located in Mendocino County on Coast Highway 1 about seven miles north of Point Arena.

This is an area of rich grazing lands, flocks of sheep and herds of cattle which add a pastoral note to some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world.

Location/Directions
The main park entrance is located at 44500 Kinney Lane (off Hwy 1), 1/2 mile north of the town of Manchester.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
Temperatures seldom rise above 72 nor dip below 50 . Rainfall is heavy from September to May, and morning and evening fog is common during the summer months. Strong winds prevail year-round. Layered clothing is recommended.